Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   In his 25 years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (17 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's Next Generation Project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and five cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the decades with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Native American Journalists Association mid-career level mentees:

Ways to Connect

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown toured the University of Oregon’s COVID-19 testing operation in Eugene, Friday. 

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A middle-aged man stranded on a bridge pier was rescued tonight by members of the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.

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Winter means wood-burning for many rural and Native American communities, who often rely on stove-generated heat. But that can mean harmful emissions.  A $2.5 million grant will help Oregon State University researchers explore cleaner burning stoves.

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If you drove by Hendricks Bridge County Park today, you might’ve seen emergency crews wading out in the McKenzie River with containment booms.  Rest assured though, this was not an actual fuel spill.

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Affordable housing is among the issues U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is discussing on his latest tour of Oregon. 

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The White Bird Clinic in Eugene has weathered a lot of adjustments and challenges since the pandemic hit the area last year. But they’ve since managed to overcome a lot for their clientele.

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Locals who love nature and historic places can mark 2022 as a year-long special occasion. That’s because it’s the centennial for Oregon state parks.

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Crabbing is Oregon’s most lucrative – and dangerous – fishing market.  Now a federal grant aims to make the work safer.

Oregon State Police

Oregon officials are seeking tips on the shooting of a 5-point bull elk this week in Douglas County.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

An alarming surge of fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl or meth has Oregon law enforcement on high alert. 

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Dozens of healthcare workers marched outside McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield this morning.  They’re striking against what organizers call unfair labor practices at the facility.

U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Oregon

Officials have announced the largest methamphetamine bust in Oregon state history. 

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A wide-ranging ban on campfires in Oregon state parks and state-managed forests east of I-5 has been lifted. 

Photo provided by Lane Community College.

Lane Community College has received an $89,000 grant towards providing dental care for people with HIV.

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The outdoor burning season for Lane County has been delayed by a couple weeks, given unseasonably warm and dry conditions. 

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Days are shorter, nights are cooler, and rain is becoming more constant in the forecast. While that all bodes well for crews battling Oregon’s wildfires, a new element of risk is possible.  

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The fatal shooting of a Springfield man by law enforcement has been deemed justified by the Lane County D.A.

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On top of COVID-19 and wildfires, there’s still the prospect of earthquakes. Readiness for such an event has emergency officials prepping for the annual “Great Oregon ShakeOut”, being held October 21st this year.

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The Eugene Chamber of Commerce has released its first report on homelessness, which includes recommendations for alleviating the crisis.  

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A lawsuit filed against a Springfield Policeman stems from an incident involving two Black women, one of whom's neighbor displayed a skeleton hanging by a noose.  

Cascades Raptor Center

A dramatic saga involving the lone surviving peregrine falcon chick from a nest near Yaquina Head Lighthouse, on the Oregon coast, has a happy ending. We report on the rehabilitation and release of “Princess.”    


Weather conditions across Oregon continue to challenge firefighters.


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The U.S. Department of Justice has chosen twelve federally-recognized tribes for a program that lets them access and share crime data. Two of the tribes are in Oregon.

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Lane Transit District’s battery-electric fleet is expanding.  Beginning next year, 19 more buses are being added, which will bring LTD’s total to 30, further replacing older, diesel-fueled vehicles.

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Efforts to rebuild parts of the McKenzie River Corridor burned by the 2020 wildfires just got a boost, to the tune of over a quarter-million dollars. But coordinators say reconstruction will take more money, time, and patience.

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The recent Knoll Fire in the McKenzie River Corridor threatened a fisheries restoration project in nearby Deer Creek.

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For the first time in its history, the Corvallis School District has three schools named for BIPOC individuals.

Photo provided by Cascadia Forest Defenders.

Environmental activists are occupying trees in the Willamette National Forest, to protest a potential timber sale.


This year’s wildfire season for Oregon and Washington began early and will run long.  But so far, it’s not as bad as 2020’s.


The Klamath Tribe in Oregon wants to create its own fire agency, following this year’s Bootleg Fire which burned much of their ancestral land.